Monday, July 9, 2007

Kalhatti Falls

The cascading Kalhatti falls is 230 Kms from Bangalore. Immense trees, Coffee plants, creepers of pepper, cardamom and cinnamon interspersed with teak, Orange and Silver oak is what you find through out the journey to Kalhatgiri from Kalhattipura.

At Kalhatgiri, the main attraction is the Kalhatti falls. This falls hurtles from the top of Chandra Drona hill in ten steps to flow before the Veerabhadreshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This falls is tucked between the private Coffee estates is a good place for hiking. One can go climbing the rocks and that’s what is called Kalhatti in Kannada and try to explore the source of the falls. Kalhatti falls is best in monsoon and gives a stunning sight.

The pleasant forest air surrounded by dense forest and coffee plantation offers a great place for a picnic. A weekly sandy on Sunday happens at Kalhatipura and is worth watching, where the Villagers do their weekly shopping right from Bangles, Fishes to Groceries.

The only lace to stay at Kalhatgiri is the Horticulture department guest house which is facing the Kalhatgiri falls. The rooms have densely green views and one can listen to the sound of water playing over rocks.

From here, the route passes through Kemmanagundi and then to Bababudangiri and Mullaiyanagiri.

Getting there:
Drive from Bangalore via NH4 and later at Tumkur take NH206 and continue on the NH till u reach Birur. At Birur main circle take the road which goes to Lingadahalli and at Lingadahalli turn left to go towards Kemmanagundi. At a distance of 15 Kms from Lingadahalli is the Small village of Kalhattipura. Proceed in the direction of Kemmanagundi and take a left turn to reach this Cascade.

This place can also be reached from Tarikere which is beyond Birur on the NH206.At Tarikere , take a left turn towards Lingadahalli and keep following the signboard to reach Klhattipura.

One can also take the Janshatabdi Express (Bangalore-Hubli) at 6AM from Bangalore city Railway station and get down at Birur. From Birur hire a Jeep or catch a private bus or a taxi to reach Kalhattifalls.

The nearest airport is Bangalore 260 Kms.

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